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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 15, 1883)
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
A hoy cnuulit hold the hindmost enr,
And wns quickly Jerko up through tho air,
nnd stood upou his head.
Ills nock wns broke,
Ills chilli wns crushed,
Ills foot wns 'twlxt hla JftWB.
Tlio coronorsjury snt nnd snld
Ilo died from an unknown cnuso.
Onoof our Y. M. 0. A. boys was sadly shocked tho
other day. Ilo hud gently asked ono of our freshest
"Kid" to join tho Association nnd wns somewhat stnrtlcd
nt the fresh kid remarking ''Well I've n g d d good
A gentleman nnd lndy of our Inst yenr's school mot
with a misfortune this Summer. Tho gcntlemnn acci.
dently sent n letter to tho fair feminine which should
have gone to a"pnrd" of his, Thoy do not correspond
Wouldn't it look more symmclrical, so to speak, if wo
could see the platform ns well filled ns tho sents during
chnpel exercises? It is said, that example is a very good
teacher. Tho students would like a wee bit of example
in this direction.
A fisticuff of no mean order took place on the collego
farm the other day nnd it didn't turn out to bo a running
mntch either. Tho combats fought a good squnrc round
and did some vigorous poking, otherwise doing no dam-
ago except tramping up llowcr-beds.
Maud boys, when practicing, will please bo careful and
not try to play mocking bird, and imitate all tilings ani
mate and inanimate, fire-bells included. It is hard on
the nerves to bo awakened from a deep slumber by dul
cet notes of a horn and to, imagine such to bo tho fire
boll. Miss Smith's duties ns Registrar are such as to prevent
her from taking the first year Greek class, this year,
which is usually under her charge, and Prof. McMillan
is struggling at present to insert Greek roots under Prep
hair. It is hoped Unit a surgical operation will not bo
Miss Smith requires all Jsludents to register their full
names this year. That sounds nice and large, but when
a student registers a name of three or four sections
that covers the whole lower half of tho pago and runs
down on (lie floor in an ink puddle it is altogether too
largo and becomes a perfect nuisance.
Last Summer one of our Seniors, who intends to bo a
light in tho legal line, acted as an attorney in a' case way
out west. The judge inquired who represented the caso,
when our 'bud of promise" declaimed: "If it please tho
court, your honor, I appear as plaintiirfor tho altornoy."
lie how intends to take the medical course.
One of our cntcrpiijing Sophs in order to keep pace
with this nrotrressivc ace. is tnklne lessons in tho art of
smoking, and made his first ellorl last week in our ofilcc.
Ilo met,with satisfactory success for atimo and great vol
umes of blue clouds rolled fiwin his capacious mouth till
the sanctum was too ltili to admit daylight. Tho scene
changes, however, and Mr. 0. is floundering in tho ex
cruciating agonies of sen sickness; great wads of upheav
ing groan echo up nnd down tho central ball of the
basement, till tho aged Mceloton in tho lecture room
above raised up on his elbow to scratch his head. Our
friend now declares that tobacco is a nuisance, and ho is
going back unto the wny of his fathers.
Order this year Is inr excellence. But onco or twico
has thoro boon oven "Indications of disorder in the rear
of tho chapel." In short wo aro fast becoming a school
of men and women, and not of babies and children.
For a few days last week our University woro a de
cidedly unusual appearance. The regular routine of
class work received an extraordinary injection ofexcito
ment; tho largest Freshman class tho University has
over seen concluded tlias it would enhanco their dignity
and create more of a fellow foiling to adopt n class badge,
and a neat little cane was decided upon as the most ap
propriate. Accordingly on Tuesday morning of last
week the whole class, twenty strong, moved from tho
lihraty to the cliapol in a body. Tho Soplis. and Juniors
unwilling to have their preeminence upset with an insig
nificant Frcslnnnn stick, rallied the! e forces and met tho
Fresh, advance column in tho hall ; a preliminary skirmish
took place in which there wns a chaos of broken sticks,
sore heads and commands from the Faculty. After
chapel a similar all'air occurred. This elated the higher
classes nnd aroused the energies of the Freshman who
posted a challenge on tho bulletin board for the Soph
omores and Juniors to meet thorn on tho campus, at 3
o'clock "Wednesday afternoon, in a grand cane rush,
which was accepted; meetings were held by tho oppos
ing parties for arrangements, and among the conditions
no striking was nllowable under penally of the forfeiture
of the cane. Tho opposing forces met at tho appointed
time nnd, after nntch squibbling over technicalities, and
lour stalwart Freshmen had been excluded b the judges
from tho sport, the contest began; 21 Freshmen rallied
around the cane, four of their number having boon espec
ially detailed to guard it, and 14 Sophomores and Juniors
took their stund about two rods distant. W. II. Liclity
acted ns judge and time-keeper; J. II. Moekelt and E.
O. Lewis referees. If the Freshmen held tho cane 15
minutes they'werc to bo allowed the priviledgo of swing
ing the disputed adjunct the whole year, otherwiso they
were to relinquish their claims to it. Time was called
and tlte higher classes rapidly turned their slops cane
ward, making a despcrato plunge for the coveted stick.
Tho air for a time was full of orders from tho leaders,
struggling forms and old clothes. The Sophs and Jun
iors soon found themselves grappled about with strong
Fresh arms, and tho four parties set apart for tho purpose
wore hanging to tiio Btick for dear Hfo when all their op
ponents were loaded down with Freshman. When about
half of tho time had expired a firey Sopii. thought his
constitutional rights were interfered with, and forthwith
directed a blow.it his opponent's oplics. A strike was
called and according to tho rules the game was decided
in favor of tho Freshman. Three cheers were proposed
for Ihe Freshmen, the Sophs and Juniors and tho Univer
sity, All then npairoJ to the Studknt oillco, where
speeches woro made by the leaders, Paul F. Clark and
A. G.Warner and also by judge Liclity, Tho boys gar.
motifs woniisndly mussed and some were even In a worso
condition than Unit, and reminded one of a Greek slavo
only tho slave had handcuffs on and the boys didn't.
Taking every tiling into consideration, wo think it was
a very pleasant affair. It has created a good feeling
among tho classes and a better spirit of rivalry, and wo
hope such friendly meetings among' the classes will al
ways result as woll as this.
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